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Chiefs target return to winning form – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Bernard Parker of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Polokwane City and Kaizer Chiefs at Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 31 October 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Friday Nov 24, 2017. 16:30


Kaizer Chiefs will look for a return to winning form in the Absa Premiership when they host Free State Stars at Moses Mabhida Stadium on 25 November 2017, kick-off at 18h00.

Chiefs played to a third successive draw when they were held 0-0 at AmaZulu on November 22. The Soweto side has managed just three wins so far this season and will need to accumulate points at a quicker rate if they are to challenge for top honours.

The Amakhosi are still in search of their first home win in 2017/18, having claimed just three points from five turns as hosts. Their last home game was a goalless draw against arch rivals Orlando Pirates last month.

Stars have gone three league matches without a win after they were held 1-1 at home by Chippa United on November 22. The Free State side last claimed a three-pointer when they beat Ajax Cape Town 2-0 at home in mid-October.

Ea Lla Koto have claimed six points from five away matches so far this season, though their last match on the road was a 1-0 defeat at Cape Town City prior to the last international break.

In head-to-head stats, Chiefs and Stars have met in 35 league matches since 1996. The Amakhosi have claimed 23 wins compared to just three for Ea Lla Koto, while nine matches have been drawn. The Soweto side has claimed 13 wins and suffered just one defeat in their 18 home matches against the Free State side.

Last season Chiefs claimed a league ‘double’ over Stars, winning 2-0 in the Free State in the first half of the campaign and 3-1 in the return game in Soweto. The Amakhosi have not lost a league match against Ea Lla Koto since the first half of the 2010/11 season.

Chiefs’ line-up from their 0-0 draw with AmaZulu on November 22: Khune, Cardoso, Hadebe, Ngezana, Zulu, Katsande, Maluleka, Ekstein (Tshabalala 66′), Molangoane, Páez (Zuma 83′), Parker (Jayiya 88′).

Stars’ line-up from their 1-1 draw with Chippa on November 22: Sangare, Mobbie, Keita, Mbhele, Phungwayo, Masehe, Mokhuoane, Jantjie, Maphakisa, Dlamini, Anas.



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Use video technology to target racists


Frankfurt’s Kevin-Prince Boateng (R)

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 14, 2017. 10:00


Ghanaian star Kevin-Prince Boateng has urged authorities to use video technology in the fight against racism in football.

The former Black Stars attacker was famously the victim of a racial slur in 2013 during a friendly match between his then-club AC Milan and Pro Patria. Boateng walked off the pitch after he and other dark-skinned players were targeted by spectators.

Now the 30-year-old believes that using technology, which is already playing a greater role in the sport, to help identify racist fans is a viable option.

“We are writing the year 2017 and still have not found a way to do it,” Boateng said in an interview with the news magazine Focus, as quoted by GHANASoccernet.

“We’ve got goal-line technique and the video that Boateng was offside and the ref was not given. But why do not we use the technique that every racist is identified, kicked out, and never returned to the stadium?”

Such measures would “help mankind and not only sport” added the Eintracht Frankfurt player. “There are incidents in every new season. It just cannot happen.”



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Wits target first league win of the season


Sibusiso Sibeko of Golden Arrows challenged by Reeve Frosler of Bidvest Wits during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Bidvest Wits and Golden Arrows at Bidvest Stadium, Johannesburg South Africa on the 11 April 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Sep 12, 2017. 17:09


Bidvest Wits will target a first Absa Premiership win of the season when they host Golden Arrows at Bidvest Stadium on 13 September 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

Wits’ title defence has got off to a painfully slow start, with a surprise 1-0 loss at home to Cape Town City on the opening weekend followed by a midweek 2-2 draw away to Free State Stars – very much coach Gavin Hunt’s ‘bogey’ side.

The Clever Boys will not be panicking at having claimed just one point from their opening two matches, but Hunt will emphasise the importance of victory in this home clash and hope that it sparks some momentum for the Johannesburg club.

Arrows have also struggled to get going in the league season, playing to successive 1-1 draws against Ajax Cape Town (away) and Bloemfontein Celtic (home).

Coach Clinton Larsen will want to see more fire from his Abafana Bes’thende side – though not as much as when the teams met in the MTN8 a few weeks back, and both he and counterpart Gavin Hunt were on the receiving end of six red cards dished out.

In head-to-head stats, Wits and Arrows have met in 28 league matches since 2001/02. The Johannesburg side has claimed 17 wins compared to four for their Durban counterparts, while seven matches have been drawn. The Clever Boys have a great home record in the league against Abafana Bes’thende, with 10 wins and just one defeat from 14 matches as hosts.

Wits took four points off Arrows last season, drawing 0-0 in Durban before claiming a 3-0 home win in the return thanks to a penalty from Frank Mhango and a brace of Mogakolodi Ngele goals. The Clever Boys are unbeaten in their last 15 league matches against Abafana Bes’thende.

Wits’ line-up from their 2-2 draw with Stars: Josephs, Hlatshwayo, Khumalo, Monare, Rodgers (Keene 79’), Hlanti, Claasen, Mhango, Kodisang, Frosler, Ntshangase (Pienaar 62’).

Arrows’ line-up from their 1-1 draw with Celtic: Gumede, Mzava, Bilankulu, Mngwengwe, Nonyane (Nkombelo 37′), Dlamini, Mahachi, Cele, Jooste (Mutizwa 76′), Magubane (Sibiya 63′), Lamola.



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Faouzi Ghoulam to be a Monaco transfer target? – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


Algeria international left-back Faouzi Ghoulam

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Aug 24, 2017. 16:30


Napoli’s Algerian left-back Faouzi Ghoulam could well become a transfer target for French Ligue 1 side Monaco.

The principality club wants to have an offer in place which will be activated if defender Fabinho moves to Paris Saint-Germain.

Fabinho and teammate Kylian Mbappé have been linked with a move to PSG for a total fee in excess of €200m, with the Parisian side already spending €222m for Neymar.

According to Rai Sport, Monaco will try to sign the Fennec Foxes defender as a replacement for Fabinho, even though he plays on the opposite flank.

They add that the Partenopei are pushing to renew Ghoulam’s contract, and held a meeting on Monday.

A new deal has yet to be agreed, with Ghoulam set to become a free agent at the end of the current season.



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Senegal-born Diop a target for Lyon – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Aug 22, 2017. 12:00


Celta Vigo’s Senegalese-born midfielder Pape Cheikh Diop is reportedly a major transfer target for Olympique Lyon.

The French giants have lost Corentin Tolisso and Maxime Gonalons to Bayern Munich and Napoli respectively, leaving them in need of midfield reinforcements.

According to Le Progres, Lyon president Jean Michael Aulas has set his sights on landing Diop, who is also a target for Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur.

OL hope to steal Diop from under Spurs’ nose by offering €10m to Celta, with the hope that the transfer will be wrapped up by the weekend.

Diop, 20, was born in Senegal but moved to Spain at age 14 and has been on Celta’s books since 2013.

He has represented Spain at junior international level but remains eligible to switch his allegiance to the land of his birth.



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Mali target home victory over Gambia


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Jul 20, 2017. 17:00


Mali will welcome Gambia in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 19h00 CAT.

The Zone West A second-leg match will take place at the Stade Modibo Kéïta in Mali’s capital city, Bamako.

The Eagles were held to a goalless draw by Gambia in the first-leg clash at the Independence Stadium in Bakau last weekend.

Mali will be confident of beating the Scorpians at home in front of their passionate supporters.

Gambia have never qualified for the CHAN finals, while Mali have participated in the last three finals.

The winner on aggregate between Mali and Gambia will meet either Liberia or Mauritania in the second round.

Mauritania are leading against Liberia on aggregate after winning the first-leg clash 2-0 in Monrovia last weekend.

Referee Nabil Boukhalfa, who hails from Algeria, is the man, who will be in charge of the match between Mali and Gambia.



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Aymen Abdennour a target for Premier League duo – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Valencia defender Aymen Abdennour

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Jul 18, 2017. 13:00


Tunisian defender Aymen Abdennour is a transfer target for Premier League duo Leicester City and Southampton.

The 27-year-old Carthage Eagles has long been linked with a move to England, though the transfer has never quite materialised.

Abdennour almost joined Everton last year before the deal collapsed, while more recently Olympique Marseille are said to have taken an interest in the player.

However, according to Foot Mercato, OM will have stiff competition from English duo Leicester and Southampton, who are both keen to bolster their centre-back options.

Internazionale are also said to be interested in the Tunisia, who has played for Etoile du Sahel, Werder Bremen, Toulouse, Monaco and Valencia in his career.



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Recreativo do Libolo target quarter-finals


Smouha player Ayman Ashraf (L) in action against Recreativo Libolo player Ezequiel Juliao (L)during the African Champion League (CAF) Round of 16 match between Smouha vs Recreativo Libolo at Borg Al Arab Stadium in Alexandria , Egypt, 24 May 2017

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jul 07, 2017. 13:00


Recreativo do Libolo will face off with Smouha in the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup Group C match at the Estadio Municipal de Calulo in Calulo on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 16h00 CAT.

Libolo suffered a 2-0 defeat to Sudanese outfit Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid in their previous group match which was played in Al-Ubayyid last weekend.

The defeat left the Angolan side placed third on the Group C standings with six points. They are one point behind second-placed ZESCO.

A victory over ZESCO will be enough to send Libolo to the knockout stages if the Zambian side suffered a defeat to Al Hilal, who have already qualified.

Meanwhile, Smouha drew 1-1 with Zambian side ZESCO United in their previous group match which was played in Alexandria last weekend.

The draw left the Egyptian side placed at the bottom of Group C standings with five points. They are two points behind second-placed ZESCO.

Smouha can still qualify for this year’s quarter-finals if they defeat Libolo and the other result between Al Hilal and ZESCO goes their way.

Referee William Agbobi, who hails from Ghana, will be in charge of the encounter between Libolo and Smouha.



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Wydad Casablanca target Zanaco scalp at home


Al-Ahly player Ahmed Fathy (L) in action against Zanaco player Augustine Mulenga (R) during the African Champions League

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Jul 08, 2017. 13:00


Wydad Casablanca will play host to Zanaco in the 2017 CAF Champions League Group D match at the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 20h00 CAT.

Casablanca overcame Cameroonian club Coton Sport 2-0 in their previous group match which was played in Garoua last weekend.

The victory sees the Moroccan club placed second on the Group D standings with nine points. They are two points behind group leaders Zanaco.

A win over the Zanaco will see Casablanca finish at the top of the group and qualify for the knockout stages of this year’s tournament.

Meanwhile, Zanaco held Egyptian giants Al Ahly to a goalless stalemate in their previous group match which was played in Lusaka last weekend.

The draw sees the Zambian side placed at the top of the Group D standings with 11 points. They are three points above third placed Al Ahly.

A draw with Casablanca will be enough to send Zanaco to the quarter-finals of this year’s competition, even if Al Ahly beat Coton Sport in their final group match.

South African referee Daniel Bennett is the man, who will be in charge of the encounter between Casablanca and Zanaco.



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Tanzania target third place finish in Cosafa Cup


Himid Mkami of Tanzania challenged by Diamond Chikwekwe of Zambia during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Zambia and Tanzania at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 05 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Jul 06, 2017. 18:30


Tanzania will face off with Lesotho in the 2017 COSAFA Cup third-place play-off at the Moruleng Stadium in Moruleng on Friday.

Kick-off is at 19h30 CAT.

The Taifa Stars were beaten 4-2 by Zambia in the semi-final encounter which was played at the Moruleng Stadium on Tuesday.

Salum Mayanga, the Tanzania head coach, will be looking to mastermind a victory over Lesotho in order to secure a third place finish in the tournament.

Erasto Nyoni, who hit the back of the net for the Taifa Stars against Zambia, is one of Tanzania’s dangermen and he will be keen to inspire his side to victory.

Meanwhile, Lesotho were narrowly defeated 4-3 by Zimbabwe in the semi-final clash which was played at the Moruleng Stadium on Tuesday.

Likuena head coach Moses Maliehe will be hoping to ensure that his side end their 2017 COSAFA Cup campaign on a winning note and finish fifth in the competition.

Mabuti Potloane, who was on the scoresheet against Zimbabwe, will be eager to score and help Likuena overcome Tanzania.

Tanzania and Lesotho met in the 2015 COSAFA Cup in Moruleng. Likuena overcame the Taifa Stars 1-0 a Group B match.



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Liverpool target Naby Keita going nowhere


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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jun 22, 2017. 17:30


Guinean midfielder Naby Keita will not be sold by RB Leipzig following confirmation that they have been approved for next season’s UEFA Champions League.

Despite finishing second in the Bundesliga last season, Leipzig were worried that they may not be allowed to play in the European competition in 2017/18.

This is because of their connection to Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg. Both clubs are owned by energy drinks giants Red Bull, which would usually be against UEFA laws.

However, the European governing body has given both teams the green light to compete in the Champions League next season.

And according to Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff, playing in the elite tournament ensures that Keita – who is a transfer target for Liverpool, amongst others – will be going nowhere.

“It would be negligent to sell one of our key players now,” Mintzlaff told BILD.

“Emil[Forsberg] and Naby are extremely talented and developable [sic] players, we are glad that we are able to keep up with their development as a club.

“And now we can prove ourselves in the Champions League in the coming season.”



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Riyad Mahrez now a target for Real Madrid – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Jun 12, 2017. 13:00


Leicester City’s Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez has reportedly emerged as a potential transfer target for Real Madrid.

Barcelona are rumoured to be close to reaching an agreement to bring the Fennec Foxes man to Camp Nou, while Chelsea and Arsenal are also said to be keen on the player who inspired Leicester to their 2015/16 Premier League title triumph.

However, according to a report from Diario Gol, Real Madrid are set to force their way into the battle for the Algerian.

They claim that Real coach Zinedine Zidane, who is of Algerian descent, is a fan of Mahrez and the Spanish club has made contact with Leicester.

The player himself is said to prefer a move to Barcelona, though that may be complicated by a request to wait for them to complete a priority signing for a fullback.

It is expected that Mahrez will be sold for a fee in the region of €40-million in this European summer.



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Baroka target back-to-back wins – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Marshall Munetsi of Baroka FC during the Absa Premiership match between Bidvest Wits and Baroka FC on the 22 February 2017 at Bidvest Wits Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jun 08, 2017. 16:30


Baroka FC will look to take control of the PSL Playoff tournament when they host Stellenbosch FC at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday, 10 June, kick-off at 15h00 CAT.

The Limpopo side became the first match-winners in the three-team tournament when they beat provincial rivals Black Leopards 2-1 at the same venue on Wednesday afternoon.

Victor Letsoalo was the hero for Bakgaga, with his two first-half goals proving enough to overcome Lidoda Duvha – even though goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke had a meltdown in the second half to allow their opponents back into the game.

Baroka, as a result of their win, top the table with four points at the halfway mark. Stellenbosch have two points, while Leopards bring up the rear with a single point to their name.

If Kgoloko Thobejane’s team can claim a second straight home win, it will put them on the verge of securing PSL football in 2017/18.

As for Stellenbosch, successive draws against Baroka (2-2) and Leopards (0-0) represent a solid start to the Playoffs, but they must search out a victory to bring themselves into contention.

“It’s been a tough, demanding last few days, but we now have a few days of rest before we get back into action,” said Stellies coach Sammy Troughton after the stalemate against Lidoda Duvha.

“It’s some time for the guys to recover and then we will have to come out with more attacking intent against Baroka.

“I’ve told the players that, in this competition, we are going to have to be mentally strong. Baroka will be tough on Saturday, but we will have to be ready.”



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Messi recommends Mahrez as a transfer target for Barcelona – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Jun 06, 2017. 12:00


Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez has been recommended as a transfer target for Barcelona by the great Lionel Messi.

The Catalan giants were beaten to the La Liga title by arch rivals Real Madrid and they are expected to have a busy European summer when new boss Ernesto Valverde arrives.

The former Athletic Bilbao man will replace Luis Enrique, who is stepping away from Barca after three years in charge.

Messi is a hugely influential figure at the club and according to Don Balon he has recommended several players as potential transfer targets to the club’s bosses.

Foremost among them is Mahez, who was highly influential in Leicester City’s Premier League title success in 2015/16 and their strong run in the UEFA Champions League this past season.

The Algerian is contracted to the Foxes until 2020, but it is widely expected that he will leave the King Power Stadium in search of Champions League football.

Messi has also recommended Marco Verratti of Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.



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Saint George target first Group C win – 2017 CAF Champions League


Khenissi Taha Yassine (L) of Esperance Tunis vies for the ball with Ondo Francisco (R) AS Vita Club during the CAF Champions League match between Esperance Tunis and AS Vita Club in Tunis, Tunisia, 12 May 2017

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jun 02, 2017. 17:30


Saint George will play host to AS Vita Club in the 2017 CAF Champions League Group C match at the Addis Ababa Stadium on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 15h00 CAT.

Kidus Giorgis drew 0-0 with Tunisian giants Esperance du Tunis in their last group match was played in Addis Ababa last week Tuesday.

The draw sees the Ethiopian giants placed third on the Group C log with two points. They are two points behind the leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

Saladin Said, who has five goals in this year’s tournament, will be hoping to find the back of the net for Saint George and help them beat Vita.

Meanwhile, Vita were stunned 3-1 by South African giants Sundowns in their previous group match which was played in Kinshasa last week Wednesday.

The defeat sees the DR Congolese giants remain fourth on the Group C table without a single point. They are two points behind third-placed Saint George.

Francisco Ondo has netted three important goals for Vita in this year’s tournament and he will be looking to help his side win in Ethiopia.

Rwandan referee Louis Hakizimana will be in charge of the encounter between Saint George and Vita.



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Isaac Success a target for West Ham United – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


Watford striker Isaac Success shields the ball from Antonio Barragan

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday May 25, 2017. 10:00


West Ham United are keen on signing Watford’s Nigerian striker Isaac Success, according to a representative of the player.

The Super Eagles man was a peripheral figure for Watford under manager Walter Mazzarri, who has since parted ways with the Premier League club, and he is seeking assurances that he will see more playing time next season.

“’It is true that West Ham are interested in signing Isaac Success. If he is not promised first team opportunities he will move before the window closes,” BJ Foundation boss Douglas Idahoso told Allnigeriasoccer.com.

The website also reports that the agency which is handling the talks on behalf of Success counts West Ham players Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell among their clients.

The 21-year-old Success will turn his attention to international football with Nigeria in the coming days as the Super Eagles tune-up for an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa next month.



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Riyad Mahrez a target for North London duo


Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday May 20, 2017. 19:30


Leicester City’s Algerian star Riyad Mahrez is set to be a transfer target for Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.

The Times reports that the North London duo are both keen on adding the 2015/16 PFA Player of the Year to their squads for next season.

Mahrez is under contract at Leicester until 2020, having signed a new deal with the club in August last year.

However, it is believed that the player signed the contract with the understanding that he would be allowed to leave if a big club made a serious offer for his services.

The 26-year-old reportedly wants to continue playing Champions League football, having helped the Foxes reach the quarterfinals of this season’s competition.



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German Bundesliga side target Bertrand Traore


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Graeme Jackson

Friday May 19, 2017. 16:30


Chelsea’s Burkina Faso attacker Bertrand Traore is a transfer target for German Bundesliga side Red Bull Leipzig.

The Stallions player has been impressive while on loan at Dutch giants Ajax, helping them reach the Europa League final against Manchester United next week.

Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuttl is a known admirer of Traore and is also interested in his Ajax teammates Kasper Dolberg and Matthijs de Ligt.

“Let’s see how the players feel after turning us down last year,” said Hasenhuttl. “So far, we’ve not had the chance to sit down and consider everything.”

Leipzig will finish second on the Bundesliga table after a strong season and will play in the UEFA Champions League next season, making them an attractive prospect for potential signings.

Traore is also said to have piqued the interest of French Ligue 1 giants Olympique Marseille.



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Bertrand Traore a transfer target for RB Leipzig


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Graeme Jackson

Thursday May 18, 2017. 18:30


Chelsea’s Burkina Faso attacker Bertrand Traore is a transfer target for German Bundesliga side Red Bull Leipzig.

The Stallions player has been impressive while on loan at Dutch giants Ajax, helping them reach the Europa League final against Manchester United next week.

Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuttl is a known admirer of Traore and is also interested in his Ajax teammates Kasper Dolberg and Matthijs de Ligt.

“Let’s see how the players feel after turning us down last year,” said Hasenhuttl. “So far, we’ve not had the chance to sit down and consider everything.”

Leipzig will finish second on the Bundesliga table after a strong season and will play in the UEFA Champions League next season, making them an attractive prospect for potential signings.

Traore is also said to have piqued the interest of French Ligue 1 giants Olympique Marseille.



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City target a win in final home match – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Lebogang Manyama of Cape Town City goes past Makhehleni Makhaula of Free State Stars during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 game between Cape Town City and Free State Stars at Cape Town Stadium on 5 May 2017 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday May 16, 2017. 08:29


Cape Town City will look to win their final home match of the 2016/17 Absa Premiership season when they host Golden Arrows at Athlone Stadium on 17 May 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

City suffered their second defeat in the space of three league matches when they were beaten 4-2 at SuperSport United on May 9.

The Cape Town side has claimed 30 points from 14 home matches this season.

The Citizens are placed third on the Absa Premiership log with 52 points from 28 matches.

Arrows ended a five-game winless streak by defeating Baroka FC 3-2 at home on May 13.

The Durban side has claimed 13 points from 14 away matches this season.

Abafana Bes’thende are placed ninth on the Absa Premiership log with 35 points from 28 matches.

In head-to-head stats, City and Arrows have met in just one previous top flight league match.

That encounter took place earlier this season, with Abafana Bes’thende claiming a 2-0 home win in Durban.

City’s line-up from their 4-2 loss to SuperSport: Walters; Mkhize, Gumede, Mkeke, Seedat (Dove 87′), Putche, Nodada, Manyama, Moseamedi, Masina (Jayiya 77′), Majoro.

Arrows’ line-up from their 3-2 win over Baroka: Gumede, Mathiane, Mzava, Mthiyane, Phiri, Dlamini, Jooste, Sibiya (Fikizolo 57′), Mahachi, Magubane, Mutizwa.



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Juventus & Man United target Keita Balde mum on future – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


Lazio forward Keita Balde Diao

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday May 11, 2017. 10:00


Senegal international Keita Balde Diao says he’s enjoying life at Italian Serie A outfit Lazio, who are competing for a place in next season’s UEFA club competitions.

The 22-year-old forward is having his best season in front of goal in the Serie A – having hit the back of the net 14 times from 29 appearances.

Keita grabbed a goal and an assist as Lazio hammered Sampdoria 7-3 at the Stadio Olimpico in the city of Roma on Sunday afternoon.

“I am very happy to have scored 14 league goals,” Keita was quoted on Premium Sport.

“And I am also happy that we won today. We work hard in training to always do well.

“Our goal is to win all of our remaining games and to do well in the Coppa Italia final,” he continued.

“I am here at Lazio for years now and I am very happy. Future? Let me enjoy the present instead of talking about the future.”

Keita is expected to be named on the Senegal squad that will take on Equatorial Guinea in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier next month.

He has been linked with a move to English giants Manchester United and Italian giants Juventus.



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